Monday 18 December 2017

Bono: I may never play guitar again

Bono suffered multiple injuries when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November
Bono suffered multiple injuries when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November

Bono says he may never play guitar again due to injuries suffered in a cycling accident in New York.

The U2 singer suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow, when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November.

He required hours of surgery after what doctors called a "high-energy bicycle accident".

Writing on the band's website, Bono said: "Recovery has been more difficult than I thought. As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again."

He added that his bandmates "have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilisation are depending on this".

Bono said he would "have to concentrate hard" to be ready for U2's scheduled tour later this year.

The 54-year-old singer said: "I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish Falcon or my ... Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now?"

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